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Using Netdata with AWS Kinesis Data Streams


To use AWS Kinesis as a backend AWS SDK for C++ should be installed first. libcrypto, libssl, and libcurl are also required to compile Netdata with Kinesis support enabled. Next, Netdata should be re-installed from the source. The installer will detect that the required libraries are now available.

If the AWS SDK for C++ is being installed from source, it is useful to set -DBUILD_ONLY="kinesis". Otherwise, the building process could take a very long time. Take a note, that the default installation path for the libraries is /usr/local/lib64. Many Linux distributions don't include this path as the default one for a library search, so it is advisable to use the following options to cmake while building the AWS SDK:

cmake -DCMAKE_INSTALL_LIBDIR=/usr/lib -DCMAKE_INSTALL_INCLUDEDIR=/usr/include -DBUILD_SHARED_LIBS=OFF -DBUILD_ONLY=kinesis <aws-sdk-cpp sources>


To enable data sending to the kinesis backend set the following options in netdata.conf:

enabled = yes
type = kinesis
destination = us-east-1

set the destination option to an AWS region.

In the Netdata configuration directory run ./edit-config aws_kinesis.conf and set AWS credentials and stream name:

# AWS credentials
aws_access_key_id = your_access_key_id
aws_secret_access_key = your_secret_access_key
# destination stream
stream name = your_stream_name

Alternatively, AWS credentials can be set for the netdata user using AWS SDK for C++ standard methods.

A partition key for every record is computed automatically by Netdata with the purpose to distribute records across available shards evenly.

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